It was wonderful to hear Dr. Nabeel Qureshi speak. He is a very gifted and talented man, and he’s incredibly intelligent.
At one point, I was shaking a little and couldn’t look up from my laptop while taking notes, because I was thinking Oh my goodness, Lord Jesus… You are terrifying. You are glorious and holy. And believing in You isn’t stupid. My faith is not blind faith… You are good.
I mean, I already really knew that He is real and stuff, that the resurrection really did occur, but last night, I felt so much more equipped and I really do have a reason for the hope that is in me.
1 Peter 3:15
…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
I like loving God with my mind. Not just my soul and strength, but my mind too.
And what were the things Dr. Qureshi said that made me so uncomfortable and tremble? Because I got very uncomfortable while he was talking– the things he presented were unbelievably convincing.
You had to be basically… unrepentfully suppressing the truth, maybe even maliciously, choosing to dismiss what Dr. Qureshi was talking about.
I liked what Dr. Sproul had to say about sin and our minds, and I felt like this was relevant and should be included:
“But though all men clearly know there is a God, they do not honor or give thanks to Him (Romans 1:21). The fall into sin has caused mankind to ignore and deny their Creator. Sin has affected our minds and causes our thinking to become futile apart from Christ…
Some have said that the fall into sin has destroyed our capacity to reason. It is true that the unredeemed mind will ultimately lead a person into futility. However, though our minds have been affected by sin, they have not been destroyed. Unbelievers still find truth quite often and can attain a breadth of knowledge in various areas. Scripture presents logical arguments for its teachings, presumably both to redeemed minds and to minds that are still enslaved by sin.
Dr. Sproul reasons that “even though the mind is darkened by sin, and leads us to futility apart from being captured by the Word of God, Paul is not saying that the human faculty for thinking is destroyed by sin.” The non-Christian can know some truth. If the faculty to reason was destroyed, truth could never be known and God could not condemn people for denying it.”
I keep getting off subject. Below are the verses that we looked at last night:
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
Dr. Qureshi mentioned the Jesus Seminar, and I can’t remember exactly if he said that people at the Jesus Seminar said this or not, but basically, he said that… Paul received the things stated in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8… five years after Jesus died.
Five years. That is incredibly fast. Codified doctrine within five years of His death is really fast.
Also, something to note is that eyewitnesses are listed in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, and it is also mentioned that He appeared to more than 500 people. And this letter is addressed to the church at Corinth, Paul couldn’t have been lying about these things, since some of these people were alive at the time that this letter was written.
Don’t believe what Paul has to say? You aren’t convinced by his remarkable conversion and the lifestyle he leads that serves as further proof of the resurrection? (because you tend to live out what you believe…)
Then go talk to the people mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8.
I can’t imagine how pissed off Satan was to see and know of these letters circulating. How depressing and infuriating it must have been to see His kingdom breaking in and His rule and reign increasing.
It was also mentioned that the parts I italicized, were a sort of catchy hymn/song of some sort, I believe? But in English, you can’t really see the poetry, it’s only visible in the original language.
Since the NT wasn’t written yet, people were speaking to others about Jesus. Christians were taught in songs and hymns.
Because we all know that songs have a way of getting stuck in your head.
We also looked at Philippians 2:6-11.
…who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
In this letter, Paul is admonishing the Philippians.
Stop being so bad.
Dr. Qureshi said that before the Philippian church was formulated, this hymn thing was already existing. I can’t remember the exact verses that were in this poetry form, but he mentioned that there were five stanzas, and the part that says that God lowered Himself… was very powerful theology.
The Jews never said God. They used, and some of them still use, G-d.
They never say Yahweh.
And the name of Yahweh was bestowed on Jesus… Jews were willing to say that Jesus is Yahweh.
Below, I’m just going to include my notes, instead of adding in more commentary on my original notes. Thank God there isn’t too much more stuff to read. This post is almost done.
To those of y’all that read this incredibly long post, thank you! :)
Passion– Greek word “to suffer”
Mark’s passion narrative
- Mk. 14:47
- Mk. 14:51
- Mk. 15:21
-anonymity because people still being looked for…
-Simon of Cyrene (go talk to his sons if you wanna…)
- 1 Cor. 15:3-8
- Phil. 2:6-11
- Mark’s Passion
—death and resurrection—
The manuscript evidence
- no one was able to collect all manuscripts and change them all at once
- no central control over texts
- Without central control over the texts, which early Christianity did not have, it is impossible for the NT to be uniformly corrupted.
- There is no evidence of inserting a whole doctrine, such as Christ’s divinity, into the NT.
Bart D. Ehrman quote
“(For) the NT we have much earlier attestation than for any other book from antiquity.”
Thou must save, and Thou alone…